The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc (NYSILC), along with peers in our disability community, mourn the death of George Floyd and other Black lives due to excessive police force.  Black lives must matter. Disability transcends all race/ethnicities, ages, genders, and identifications and, as advocates for equality and justice, we support all peaceful efforts to reform police policies and practices that disproportionately and negatively impact Black people. Together, we witness institutional bias, discrimination, poverty and inequality in health care, employment, education, housing, and transportation. We will work together towards full equality and justice for all, including the reform of institutions and their discriminatory policies and practices. NYSILC is committed to systemic change.

 

NYSILC Support and Sign On to the Greater Rochester’s Black Agenda

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Identified by a council member for support and sign on, this is more than a regional agenda. It recognizes that racism is a public health crisis and educates why racism exists, how to address it, and what underlying issues must be addressed.

The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) is an independent, non-profit state council with the primary responsibility to jointly develop, monitor and evaluate the three-year Statewide Plan for Independent Living (SPIL) with the Federal network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and the New Yorkers with disabilities they serve. The council is authorized under Section 705 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act, as amended.

NYSILC is in the process of seeking four candidates to serve as volunteer council members appointed by the NYS Regents to three-year terms. NYSILC seeks diverse membership, including individuals with various disabilities, race/ethnicities, ages, and gender identification, geographically located throughout the state.

Individuals should complete an online application form (https://nysilc.org/council/council-member-application) in its entirety. Candidates must respond by June 26, 2020. Refer to the NYSILC background and member expectations for more information.

If you have any questions about the application, process, or duties of council members, contact Brad Williams at the NYSILC office: (518) 427-1060 (voice/TTY), or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for your interest in the council.

NYSILC’s next Full Council Meeting will take place on Friday, May 29th, 2020 from 10 am – 1 pm. The meeting will be held on Zoom video conferencing, same as our previous Full Council Meeting in March. The meeting is open to the public, but due to security concerns using online video conferencing, we request that any members of the public who would like to participate and join our meeting contact us ahead of time for the meeting invite.

Our contact us page can be found here: https://nysilc.org/contact-us

Please let us know in the message if you need an interpreter and/or captioner during the meeting.

We look forward to having you join us. Thank you!

Our webpage with important links for COVID-19 resources is now available.

You can find it under our resources tab or at this link here: COVID-19 Resources

 

If you know of other resources we should have linked to our page, feel free to reach out to us via our email contact page at: https://nysilc.org/contact-us

The New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC) has been learning about the coronavirus and taking protective measures.  Here is the council’s response to COVID-19 to date:

  1. NYSILC staff learned about the symptoms and precautions related to the novel virus from links shared by CDC, state health, and Albany county website communications. These links are provided at the bottom of this message.
  1. NYSILC then developed an information and operational plan based in part on this information to address workplace and council practices:
  • Staff are aware of the symptoms, precautions, and what is required as employees.
  • The office ordered and secured sufficient supplies for hand washing and sanitizing the office.  A schedule is set up to sanitize our office space every 72 hours, focusing on the areas that are frequently touched.  The office building (111 Washington Avenue) sends updates about their coronavirus efforts.
  • Staff have the ability to connect to their desktops remotely and will be transitioning to work-at-home in the coming week. They will be able to receive emails and retrieve voice mails.
  • NYSILC has canceled the face-to-face Full Council meeting scheduled for Friday, March 27, 2020 at the Albany Marriott, to be replaced by a shortened business meeting the same day from 10 am to 1 pm via video conference, focusing mainly on the draft SPIL for 2021-2023. Details to follow. NYSILC acquired Zoom as a video conferencing platform.
  1. Regarding upcoming NYSILC meetings and events, the Executive Committee has decided to monitor our future activities on a periodic basis, based on updates about the novel virus. Look for additional communications for clarification.

Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about our plans related to the coronavirus. We will be issuing information about our upcoming video conference council meeting, and will post other necessary items or rescheduling, via our website, Constant Contact, and social media.  

Please be safe as we work together as a community to address this pandemic.

Brad Williams

NYSILC

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Please consider this a personal invitation to become a member of the Hall of Fame Honorary Committee and a team member dedicated to recognizing the lifelong contributions of New Yorkers with disabilities.

This is the 3rd year that laureates will be inducted after being nominated by their peers, employers, and/or colleagues, vetted by the Disability Rights Hall of Fame Committee of the New York State Independent Living Council.   On May 28, 2020 at the Wolf Road Albany Marriott, this year's inductees will be publicly recognized and thanked for their achievements, striving toward the full inclusion of people with disabilities to have the freedom to live in their neighborhoods, work in our communities, and engage equally in society.

Our brothers and sisters will be acknowledged for their work in:

  • The advancement of positive images of people with disabilities and/or the improvement of quality of life for people with disabilities;
  • The development and advancement of new programs and services that facilitate the empowerment of people with disabilities;
  • The creation of legislations/regulations that positively impact the lives of people with disabilities; and/or
  • The elimination of legislation/regulations that adversely impact people with disabilities.

Your $200 honorary committee donation is also your ticket to our induction event, which includes cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres, a wonderful three course dinner, and a remarkable evening in celebration of achievement.

Click here to become an honorary committee member.  Thank you!